Flu and Winter 2020-21

On this page you can find up to date links, documents and other publications publicly available, we urge you to check our membership page for further information for Care England members only.  FLU AND WINTER 2020/21 page.  (for login details members please send email to info@careengland.org.uk

Flu and Winter

The winter of 2020/21 is set to be an exceptionally challenging one for care providers. The COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing. At the same time, the 'routine' winter pressures - including flu, staff sickness and increased demand for services - will return.

Covid-19 Winter Plan: Care England member briefing
Care England has produced a member briefing outlining and summarising the key points from the newly published COVID-19 Winter Plan. This can be found in the Member’s Area on the Care England website under the “Flu and winter 2020/21” tab. Care England members can request login details by sending email to info@careengland.org.uk 

National flu and COVID-19 surveillance reports - Official Statistics
Published 8 October 2020 | 1 July 2021, 
National influenza and COVID-19 report, monitoring COVID-19 activity, seasonal flu and other seasonal respiratory illnesses.

Weekly national flu and COVID-19 surveillance reports published 
Published 15 October 2020 | 1 July 2021, 
National influenza and COVID-19 report, monitoring coronavirus (COVID-19) activity, seasonal flu and other seasonal respiratory illnesses.

Flu Vaccination Campaign
Resources to support the Health and Social Care Workers campaign are available to download or order on our Campaign Resource Centre, including the 'I've had my jab' sticker.

Adult Social Care: COVID-19 Winter plan 2020/21 - policy paper updated 14.12.2020

Government plan sets out national support and actions for local authorities, NHS, and social care providers. 

The four Chief Medical Officers of the UK have written a joint letter (attached) to the healthcare profession, covering winter, vaccines and research. - letter 04.12.2020

Staying mentally well: winter plan 2020 to 2021 - guidance 23.11.2020
The government's plans to support people's wellbeing and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic this winter.

Care England: vaccines and the MCA (November 2020)
Care England prepared a simple form to make it easy for anyone to give the flu vaccine lawfully in the person’s best interests. The document can be found on the members-only flu page. Please click here to log in to the member's page.

Flu jab 2020 - Skills for Care 
Due to the impact of flu and COVID-19 circulating at the same time it’s important we all do our bit to protect those we care for and ourselves against the virus.

Free flu vaccinations rolled out to over 50s from DecemberPress release 20.11.2020
People aged 50 to 64 will get free flu vaccine from 1 December as part of expanded flu vaccination programme this winter.

Flu immunisation for social care staff - promotional material

Leaflets for social care staff to support the annual flu programme available to download here. updated 19.11.2020

Flu vaccination for adult social care workers 2020/21
This short Care provider Alliance (CPA) briefing aims to support care managers, occupational health leads, team leaders and care service owners to maximise take up of the flu vaccine by their eligible staff.
It covers both residential and community-based services that are regulated by the Care Quality Commission. Unregulated services may also find the briefing valuable.
This briefing should be read alongside Public Health England’s guidance on the adult social care flu vaccination programme.
We will review and update this briefing throughout the course of the winter flu programme.
To read the full guidance, please see: CPA

National flu immunisation programme for 2020 to 2021

Free resources to promote flu vaccination to care staff 
Access posters, leaflets, and presentations to promote take up amongst care workers. #Ivehadmyflujab

Guidance for GPs to access extra flu vaccines as part of expanded vaccination programme – press release 09.10.2020

Flu immunisation training recommendations - guidance (published 5 August 2020)
Guidance on flu immunisation training to support healthcare professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Public Health England (PHE) have examined the National Minimum Standards for Immunisation Training and consulted with experienced trainers. This document sets out recommendations for flu immunisation training for the 2020 to 2021 flu season. It describes what flu immunisers need to know and various ways in which they can obtain training. 

“I’ve had my flu jab” health and social care worker flu vaccination campaign delivered by Public Health England (PHE).
“I’ve had my flu jab” continues last year’s shield motif to emphasise the protective benefit of the flu vaccination and message “Protects You, Your family and patients from the flu, You can give the flu to your family and patients without having any symptoms. Protect those close to you.” to encourage the uptake of flu vaccinations by health and social care workers. 

This year there are free print materials as well as digital resources to social care organisations, the materials will feature the CARE logo and will be part of a comms toolkit including posters, stickers and leaflets that can be ordered and social media and other resources that can be downloaded from the Health and Social Care Workers Flu Immunisation and used and adapted to suit local need.

There are a range of digital resources available for download:

1. Comms toolkit including brand guidelines
2. HSCW presentation
3. Editable files
4. Social assets of the following health and social care workers for Twitter, Facebook and Instagram:
      • Doctor
      • Nurse
      • Mental Health Nurse
      • Porter
      • Paramedic
      • Social Worker
      • Community Health Worker
5. Case Studies
6. Screen Savers
7. E-signature

Flu Vaccination Webinar and presentation slides are now available to download from the campaign resource centre at Health and Social Care Workers Flu Immunisation.